Cambridge Research Excellence Framework 2014


This site provides researchers and administrators with up-to-date information on the REF and is intended to help all those involved with the compilation of REF submissions. The website will be regularly updated by the University's central REF Team.


A message from Professor Lynn Gladden (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research):

The University of Cambridge continues to maintain its position as one of the world's leading research universities. That the University owes this position to the quality and ability of its staff is without doubt. Our aim for REF 2014 is to re-affirm this leading position and to demonstrate excellence in our research in each Unit of Assessment to which we submit. Whilst our primary aim is to demonstrate academic leadership, these national research assessment exercises also determine a very significant source of income. As a result of RAE 2008, the University receives about £114m of HEFCE QR funding each year, which provides the research infrastructure from which we all benefit.

As you will be aware the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 takes a notably different form to its predecessor the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). In particular, 20% of the assessment will now address the impact of our research. Further, there is a significant reduction in the number of Units of Assessment, and therefore, in some disciplines, considerable thought must be given to formulating our submission strategy.

The information set out in the following pages is intended to help all those involved with the preparation of REF 2014 submissions and I hope that you will find it useful. If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact the REF office.

Eligibility for inclusion in the REF

The REF Policy Committee has agreed the following eligibility definition for inclusion in the REF, which replaces the definition set out in the University's REF Equality Code of Practice with immediate effect

"Eligibility for REF inclusion is entirely independent of a researcher's grade in their University post. To be eligible, a researcher must be a PI, hold an independent fellowship (including JRFs) or be conducting research that would have been considered appropriate, under other circumstances, to be submitted as a research grant application. The researcher should have no formal Supervisor".